July 17, 2016 Subject:
Tokyo Olympics, 1964 Opening Ceremonies
This reel begins with a filled stadium on the opening day of the Tokyo Olympics, October 10, 1964.
Wikipedia says it was officially opened by Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito), and perhaps he makes a cameo in the film, I'm not sure.
You'll see some great footage from track level of the parading athletes; the cameraman had really good seats! This was the first time the Olympic Games were given to an Asian country and it was also the first time for volleyball as a sport (as well as judo).
"Yoshinori Sakai was the Olympic flame torchbearer who lit the cauldron at the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo" says Wikipedia, and he runs right past the camera. He was chosen because he was born on 6 August 1945, the day the atomic bomb exploded in Hiroshima. The torch seems to light without incident, and the games begin! There are a host of doves released into the open air stadium, followed by an aerial acrobatic show.
There are a few events shown later in the schedule; the men's final 100 metre, and then the men's 400 metre relay. In the 100 metre, you can see Bob Hayes (USA) cross the finish line, with Enrique Figuerola (Cuba) coming in second, and Harry Jerome (Canada) coming in third. This was a 10 second world record for Hayes.
There's a brief shot of high jump, an awards ceremony, and then the men's 400 metre relay. Again, USA won gold, with the Soviet Union winning silver, and France winning bronze. Curiously, there is no footage of the volleyball event - they were probably too busy with their team duties.
The film closes with a brief shot of Mount Fuji from the plane on the return trip home, and then it's on to Part 3, which is all shot back in the USA, so not really Tokyo.